Skin cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in the U-S, and melanoma is the most serious form of the disease.
May is Melanoma Month, and in this week's Eye on Health with Carla Burbidge, we meet a local woman who's had it.
Many of you know Marsha DesLauriers, her vocal talent has been featured at many local events, and over the years she has recorded several CD's. But you don't know, that about a year ago, she had a spot on her chest that turned out to be melanoma, a dangerous skin cancer that can spread quickly.
(Marsha DesLauriers, Melanoma Survivor) "This spot was so innocent looking, I didn't think it could be dangerous."
It was just a tiny spot, but it was noticed during her yearly checkup, and soon she was at the dermatologist' office.
It was malignant, she had surgery, and they believe they got it.
(Marsha DesLauriers, Melanoma Survivor) "This was the best case scenario, listen to that nagging feeling get checked."
Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are common items for Marsha, after going through the melanoma scare.
And she is now getting more frequent checks ups.
(Marsha DesLauriers, Melanoma Survivor) "Pay attention, know your skin."
Melanoma can be deadly, but medical professionals say early-stage melanoma is treatable.
Marsha is back, doing what she does best.
Get checked, and stay safe in the sun.
For Eye on Health, I'm Carla Burbidge.